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Bicknell fest returns with oddball films

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The Bicknell International Film Festival, "the smallest international film festival in the world," returns for its fifth year with "King B," two days of oddball films by the late Al Adamson.

Most events for the mini-festival, which will take place Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, will be at the Wayne Theater in downtown Bicknell, in Wayne County, just down the road from Capitol Reef National Park.

Festival co-founder James Anderson said the events will highlight films by the B-movie maker ("Horror of the Blood Monsters," "I Spit on Your Corpse" and "Cinderella 2000"), who at one time owned Torrey's Rim Rock Inn.

"There is a great deal of interest in this year's theme, as Al was kind of unique to the area," Anderson said. "Almost everybody has a story about him."

The full slate of features was still undetermined at presstime, though Anderson promised that it will include a couple of cult classics.

Opening-night events will feature "the world's fastest and longest" parade (at highway speed from Torrey to Bicknell), a post-screening "Party of the Stars" and the presentation of the prestigious "Wayne's Award" (given each year to Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton, who has yet to show up for the festival) and the "Closing Night Stomp."

Also included will be the Saturday Afternoon Secret Seminar, with a special screening of one of Adamson's films. Sam Sherman, Adamson's producer, and Gary Graver, who shot several of his films, will be on hand to introduce the picture and answer questions from the audience.

BIFF, as the festival is affectionately known, is also billed as "the largest film festival in Wayne County," and one of its major selling points is "lots of free parking," according to Anderson.

Previous festivals have spotlighted films about UFOs and giant insects, and attendance has been growing steadily over the years. Tickets for individual screenings and the seminar are $6. Festival "fast passes" are $35 and include admission to all the films, the seminars and the parties, as well as reserved seating and three raffle tickets.

For more information on the festival or for ticket information, call 1-435-425-3554, or contact the theater Web site (www.waynetheatre.com).

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